Caribbean Fashion Designers have unveiled their designs at a special reception at Buckingham Palace for London Fashion Week on February 19, 2018. Designers from across the Commonwealth were paired with artisans to produce a fashion ‘look’ using principles of sustainable excellence.
The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange, managed by Eco-Age, and supported by The Commonwealth Fashion Council and The British Fashion Council encouraged the creation of a custom-made gown for the exhibition, using Principles of Sustainable Excellence, relating to the environment and social justice. In relation to the exchange aspect of the project, designers were required to work with artisans from other countries in order to create and design the look.
The designs are currently being prepared for a public exhibition at Australia House, then it moves to other locations in London where the exhibition will be open to the public, then it moves to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit, April 2018. Later in the year, the designs will be showcased at The UN House in New York for the UN General Assembly Meeting.
- Designers and the artisans they were paired with:
- Jamaica X Belize – Drenna Luna x Maya Bags
- St. Vincent X St. Lucia – Fashion is Payne x Designs by Nadia
- St. Kitts X Grenada – Iridescent Fashion x Neisha La Touche
- Guyana X Antigua & Barbuda – Shasha Designs x Launesha Barnes
- Bahamas X Barbados – Theodore Elyett x Catherine Rocheford
- Trinidad and Tobago X Dominica- Meiling x Vanessa Winston
*Information on Meiling’s and Vanessa’s collaboration can be viewed here.